Where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico...accessible only by boat, Delta National Wildlife Refuge is a place where this junction creates lush marshes that are habitat for diverse wildlife species. Large numbers of wading birds nest on the refuge, and thousands of shorebirds can be found on tidal mudflats and deltaic splays. Tens of thousands of waterfowl winter at the refuge, and spring and fall migration bring many other bird species. Tens of thousands of waterfowl winter at Delta, and spring and fall migrations bring many other bird species. The refuge is a nursery for the rich aquatic resources of the region such as crabs, shrimp, and fresh and saltwater fish.
Delta National Wildlife Refuge was set aside in the early 1930's under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act in order to serve as a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife and provide a refuge for migratory waterfowl.
Delta NWR was established in 1935 under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act to serve as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Other Facilities in this Complex
Delta National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Nine Southeast Louisiana Refuges are part of a rich ecological system which includes marshes, pine and bottomland hardwood forests, lakes, barrier islands, swamps and bayous. Ranging from the marshy delta at the mouth of the Mississippi, to the wetlands that help protect New Orleans from hurricanes and provide a nursery to the fisheries that support the region’s food economy, to the wild bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin; the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges preserve wildlife, habitat, and recreation opportunities representative of this unique part of the country.
All of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges are open to public visits for nature-based recreational enjoyment. Priority public uses are hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation.
The refuge complex headquarters is located at 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, Louisiana 70445. This site also hosts the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center and has walking trails that wind through an historic garden site and along Bayou Lacombe.